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Useful Links

Useful Links for the Local Area

Main college and school websites local to West Dorset and surrounding area

Schools with sixth forms (be aware that most colleges offer A levels as well):
Local colleges and schools  

General career guidance websites (with lots of useful information)



Looking for an apprenticeship placement? Or looking for employers to contact?  

Want to find out from people doing the job you like?


Not going to university?                   

Interested in the media industry (TV and film) and looking for career information and courses at all levels?  

Not sure about Higher education and what it has to offer?

Open days: For career information related to higher education and lots, lots more! What if you want to know about universities from a student’s point of view? Have a look on these websites: Would you like to find out where universities rank or where the strongest university is for the subject you like? Worried about paying for higher education? Have a look on the following site to find out the latest:  

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

You can explore vacancies, ideas and options on:  

 General Links

National Careers services


Key higher education websites

  • www.prospects.ac.uk: career profiles, course outcomes, postgraduate courses, career information and a lot more…
  • www.direct.gov.uk: UK government website full of information on all aspects of society including education, finance and other aspects of officialdom.
  • www.disabilityrightsuk.org: lots of information for students with disabilities.

General Career Planning and Career Management


National student finance websites


Student finance (information and other funding options)


Applying to university


And the other way round… how to search for and apply for degree studies in Europe

Not strictly part of the remit of this website, but useful nonetheless…
  • www.eunicas.ie: and Irish website for study in different countries in Europe; will work just as well for UK students

Course searching for Postgraduate applicants


University guides and league tables


If you decide not to go to university:


For studentships:

  • Jobs.ac.uk: THE jobsite for both jobs and studentships with UK universities nationwide.
  • The Open University: also publicses studentships on its own website, just like all other universities.
  • Postgraduate Studentships: where studentships and funding meet according to the website… they may be right.
  • Findaphd: another part of the same website on Masters courses above.

For internships, work experience and placement opportunities



English language tests:
  • www.naric.org.uk: website for providing official comparison of international courses with UK equivalents. Important if you need to prove what your course studied abroad is worth.

Career Gateways (career search, course search etc…)


Career Profiling sites

  • https://www.morrisby.com/pricing: Morrisby profile – excellent tool and very different to the two above. Highly recommended for a more in depth view but has to be paid for.

Labour market information

  • www.prospects.ac.uk: . You can also find a series of tools and information here.
  • https://luminate.prospects.ac.uk/: containing information on the labour market, what to graduates do and other publications.
  • most university websites and university career services will have a section on labour market information. These may offer more local labour market information for the area the university is located in, as well as national and international labour market information.
  • www.nomisweb.co.uk: labour market informatioin from a range of official sources.
  • www.vitae.ac.uk: labour market and career information for researchers.



Search for employers

  • www.yell.com: employers nationally and locally with handy interactive map
  • www.192.com: find employer nationally and locally

Travelling within the UK


Living costs